ACARA news, February 2015

Cybersafety conference

18 February 2015

Ever wondered how cybersafety could be better implemented in your school? The ‘Protecting Children and Youth Online’ conference , to be held on 29–30 April in Sydney, will look at how schools can put safety policies into practice, engage parents and use curriculum resources to help keep children safe online.

ACARA’s General Manager, Curriculum, Dr Phil Lambert, will be delivering a keynote presentation on the Australian Curriculum resources available to strengthen cybersafety in schools. Senior Project Officer, Technologies, Julie King, will present a workshop on implementing cybersafety in the curriculum.

NAPLAN in the news

04 February 2015

Reports in the media today discuss the importance of students taking NAPLAN assessments, and remind parents and students that NAPLAN is just four tests, conducted four times over 13 years of schooling – a small investment to understand a child's growth across NAPLAN years.

To assist parents, teachers and students in getting a sense of the look and feel of the tests, and to understand the test better, example NAPLAN test items are available on our National Assessment Program website .

See ACARA infographic (PDF 819 kb) that gives more explanation more about NAPLAN.

Religion and ethics in public schools

02 February 2015

Don’t miss ACARA Chair, Prof. Barry McGaw, AO, on ABC Radio National at 11 am this Thursday 5 February, where he will be exploring religion and ethics in public primary schools on ABC’s new Earshot documentary program.

The segment will be repeated on Saturday 7 February at 5 pm and 8 pm, and again on Sunday 8 February at 1 pm and 9 pm. You can listen ABC online or tune into ABC radio frequencies .